FG extends deadline for sim blockage


The Federal Government has extended the deadline issued to all telecommunications operators in the country to block all Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) without National Identification Number (NIN).

This was contained in a statement on Monday by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

The statement reads;

"The FG has extended the deadline for the registration of NIN by telcos service subscribers.

Three weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th Dec., 2020 to 19th January, 2021.

Six weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th Dec., 2020 to 9th Feb., 2021

NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.

The President appreciates Nigerians for their patience and commitment to update their Identities; The Federal Government also thanks all stakeholders for their compliance with the directives.

Mr. President has also commended the efforts of the Task Force and urges all stakeholders to take advantage of the extension to link their SIM card with their NIN.

USSD and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions."

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